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NPS Sailor Promotes Through Meritorious Advancement Program
U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

NPS Sailor Promotes Through Meritorious Advancement Program

By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Chief Yeoman Kenneth Winston, left, and NPS Senior Enlisted Advisor Senior Chief Machinists Mate Richard Hill, right, pin First Class devices on Information Systems Technician (IT) 2nd Class Francisco Garcia, with Acting Chief of Staff Marine Corps Col. Todd Lyons presiding over the promotion ceremony, July 18. Garcia was the first NPS Sailor to be promoted through the Navy’s Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP).

“First, I would like to thank everyone here and in the chain of command for believing in me and helping me,” said Garcia. “This promotion is a blessing.”

Garcia went on to thank several people throughout the command and his department for their support, positive feedback and encouragement over his nearly two years on campus.

“This promotion isn’t just an honor, this is an obligation. Garcia is now committed to serve in a different way, a deeper way than just prior to this promotion ceremony,” said Lyons. “This promotion is also telling him that we expect more, we demand more, and we know that he can do it.”

The only requirement to participate in the MAP program is that Sailors must be eligible for the next paygrade; however, the program is very competitive. Sailors are evaluated based on packages submitted, which include community involvement, advanced education, collateral duties and command involvement.

“Today is a great day for NPS. This is the first time we have ever ‘mapped’ someone here,” said NPS Administrative Officer Chief Warrant Officer 5 George Williams. “The leadership here is making sure he isn’t going unnoticed. The MAP program is set up for the hard workers that are ready for the next level of responsibility.”

Garcia closed his comments with a few words directed to his second class colleagues, encouraging them to maintain excellence and stay the course. “Your time will come,” he added.

The Navy says the MAP program is intended to give commands greater authority to better shape their workforce and the Navy by developing and rewarding their best talent. This is the second year that Sailors assigned to shore commands have been able to receive promotions under the program ... Previously, MAP was only available to Sailors aboard ships. According to program administrators, MAP will account for approximately 10 percent of all E4-E6 advancements with 4,199 total MAP quotas, an increase of more than 1,100 from 2016.

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